I had a string of poor luck with meal choices on my East Coast vacation, and I must say that 3 days of vegan meals in Seattle kinda kicked the butt of my week of vegan consumption in Boston and NYC. With some exceptions, of course. I really do believe that food tastes better in the Pacific Northwest.
For one thing, the coffee is fantastic.
Soy Latte from Herkimer, University District
I spent a lot of time working in a couple coffeeshops. Unlike Portland, I was stunned to easily find a seat at shops. This simply means Portland needs more coffeeshops, gosh.
Soy Latte from Trabant, University District (49th Parallel beans). Just….right.
Vanilla Vegan Chai from Trabant
If I had more time…I would have hit the Korean Tofu House for dinner. One day! They open at 7pm, and I simply didn’t have enough um, dinner openings.
Sorry Mike, Sorry Vijjy! I just peered, like a tofu stalker, during the day…
Oh, and look, another Tofu House! This one was pretty much beef with tofu, beef with tofu, beef with tofu on the menu, though. Tofu stalker will investigate further…
Wayward Vegan Cafe. This popular cafe recently moved to a new location on University Street in Seattle’s slowly expanding V-District, and overall, bestowed the second of the top two meals of my visit. Thank you, vegan omelet!
Sham and Cheddar Vegan Omelet with roasted potatoes – hello, vegan diner food.
Giant side of Garlic Steamed Greens with a little visit from the nutritional yeast shaker and hot sauce.
The line to order. It was almost out the door at times!
More to come.
My dear friend Michelle has been recommended Flowers several times over the past three years, and I note it on my sporadic northern trips. I finally put aside the call of vegan chinese (I had my full on the East Coast) and hit up Flowers last week. Finally!
My plate from the Flowers buffet.
My favorite parts were the chilled roasted broccoli and creamy, tahini-like pasta salad. Personal preference – I wish some of the cold items were hot. I really dug the large variety and wish I had more room to try more! There were numerous stewed dishes, roasted vegetables, baba ganouj, fries, and more, that I would like to try another time. With my friend Michelle, ideally!
The large buffet lays beyond these windows. Every now and then I’m too shy to take all the photos I’d like.
Stumbling upon the University Farmers Market = heck, yeah!
Intriguing fruit vinegars and sauces and whatnot.
Just builds the anticipation for the Portland Farmers Market opening next weekend!
It wasn’t me.
Spotted downtown: kale
New experience: Vegan coconut based ice cream at Full Tilt Ice Cream Parlor, below the popular Cedars Restaurant.
Okay, there was a large piece of hair on top of the flavor I was leaning towards, Toasted Coconut, so I went with the enjoyably rich Almond Joy with bits of chocolate and almond. It happens.
My only disappointment was on a second visit to Georgetown Liquor Co. My first experience was superb. This time, I still enjoyed my microbrew and Nintendo, but apparently if you don’t state vegan!!!!!!!! at this vegetarian restaurant, even when your sandwich isn’t listed with cheese, it comes with cheese, as does your side salad. As the Vegan Shiz would say, sad face. It’s been so long since this has happened to me! There is a note on the menu stating vegan cheese can be subbed for any vegetarian cheese, and a few items are marked NV, but this wasn’t one, nor did this list cheese. Now I know.
Where to next?